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As the night deepened, so deepened to me the interest of the scene; for not only did the general character of the crowd materially alter...the rays of the gas-lamps...threw over every thing a fitful and garish lustre. All was dark yet splendid --as that ebony to which has been likened the style of Tertullian
The wild effects of the light enchained me to an examination of individual faces...I could frequently read, even in that brief interval of a glance, the history of long years
With my brow to the glass, I was thus occupied in scrutinizing the mob, when suddenly there came into view a countenance (that of a decrepid old man, some sixty-five or seventy years of age,) --a countenance which at once arrested and absorbed my whole attention
"How wild a history," I said to myself, "is written within that bosom!" Then came a craving desire to keep the man in view --to know more of him. Hurriedly putting on an overcoat, and seizing my hat and cane, I made my way into the street, and pushed through the crowd in the direction which I had seen him take
I had now a good opportunity of examining his person. He was short in stature, very thin, and apparently very feeble. His clothes, generally, were filthy and ragged; but as he came, now and then, within the strong glare of a lamp, I perceived that his linen, although dirty, was of beautiful texture
I caught a glimpse both of a diamond and of a dagger. These observations heightened my curiosity, and I resolved to follow the stranger whithersoever he should go
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